F1 »

F1 Australian Grand Prix: Hamilton fastest as Mercedes shows pace

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of FP2 for the Australian Grand Prix as Mercedes showed impressive pace
CLICK HERE for full FP2 times

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of FP2 for the Australian Grand Prix as Mercedes showed impressive pace.

With a best time of 1:29.625, Hamilton was just 0.157s faster than team-mate Nico Rosberg and half a second clear of the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso which had set the pace in the first practice session. Hamilton's time came despite him being blocked off badly by rookie Daniil Kvyat on his first run, with the Toro Rosso hesitating when trying to choose a side to let the Mercedes past at high speed.

Sebastian Vettel ensured the encouraging signs for Red Bull continued as he set the fourth fastest time and completed 41 laps. Vettel was also in robust mood, passing Esteban Gutierrez around the outside of Turn 1 when on a long run and then easing the Sauber wide at Turn 2 as Gutierrez declined to yield to the quicker Red Bull.

Jenson Button was fifth quickest for McLaren and showed solid pace over a longer run, while Daniel Ricciardo in sixth was the only other driver to set a time within a second of Hamilton.

It was another wretched session for Lotus, which looks set to have a very tough weekend. Pastor Maldonado didn't emerge at all after completing just two laps in FP1 and, although Romain Grosjean managed to take to the track, on his 12th lap the car snapped away from him under braking for Turn 6 and damaged the left rear against the wall before sliding in to the gravel.

Nico Hulkenberg also went off at the exact same time as Grosjean, spinning under braking for Turn 9 and being unable to recover the car out of the gravel.

Aside from his moment with Hamilton, Daniil Kvyat was involved in numerous other occasions where he had trouble allowing faster cars past, even running off at the exit of Turn 2 at one point as he tried to get out of the way of a Force India.

Things didn't get any better for Caterham in the afternoon session, with Kamui Kobayashi being ruled out of running before the session had even begun as he required an engine chance, while Marcus Ericsson again completed only one lap.

Full FP2 times HERE



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
13.03.2014- Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
14.03.2014- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
14.03.2014- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
14.03.2014- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 Reserve Driver.
26.11.2014.
Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 Reserve Driver.
26.11.2014.
Alex Lynn (GBR) Lotus F1 E22 Test Driver.
26.11.2014.
Alex Lynn (GBR) Lotus F1 E22 Test Driver.
26.11.2014.
Alex Lynn (GBR) Lotus F1 E22 Test Driver.
26.11.2014.
Alex Lynn (GBR) Lotus F1 E22 Test Driver.
26.11.2014.
Spike Goddard (AUS) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 Test Driver.
26.11.2014.
Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 Reserve Driver.
26.11.2014.
Esteban Ocon (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Test Driver.
26.11.2014.
Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 Reserve Driver.
26.11.2014.
Spike Goddard (AUS) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 Test Driver tests the Info Wing.
26.11.2014.
Spike Goddard (AUS) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 Test Driver.
26.11.2014. F
Spike Goddard (AUS) Sahara Force India F1 Team Test Driver (Right).
26.11.2014.
Spike Goddard (AUS) Sahara Force India F1 Team Test Driver.
26.11.2014.

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


ThePaddock1

March 14, 2014 7:56 AM
Last Edited 256 days ago

PTOLEMY what are you talking about both the guys you just mentioned were playing the merc down so i think your the one spewing vitriol, great job by lewis after missing fp1 due to that oil pressure sensor turning the car off., the red bull doesn't look bad at all i fort they were going to have trouble glad they didn't. kimired he dropped a second on the 9th because he backed off simple they are within 10ths of eachother (nico and lewis) constantly trading times throughout that fp2.



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.